Undergraduate Course: Doctrine of Creation (THET10022)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to study in historical and contemporary perspective Christian theological approaches to creation, particularly with reference to key primary sources. Attention will be devoted both to classical formulations and also to modern disputes which reflect issues in the science-religion dialogue.
The course will introduce students to key thinkers set in historical context.This will demonstrate the influence of the theological idea of creation in western culture. The interactions of theology with philosophy and the natural sciences will be given particular attention.
Study of the treatment of creation in Scripture, the early church, Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin is undertaken. This is followed by a more thematic approach exploring recent dialogue with evolutionary science, big bang cosmology and the search for extra-terrestrial life.
Student Learning Experience Information:
Each session will include a short lecture from the course teacher followed by a student-led presentation on a prescribed text. For ease of access, texts are made available electronically through the course website. Essay topics will enable students to selected a subject of interest, not otherwise tackled in the course syllabus.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Engage critically with selected historical and theological sources.
- Show an awareness of the contextual conditions under which theological ideas were advanced and received.
- Show an ability to structure an arguments, to use correct grammar in expressing philosophical and theological ideas, and to support claims with reference to primary and secondary texts.
- Demonstrate good judgement about how to evaluate the relative importance of items on course bibliographies, and of arguments made in individual works.
- Develop skills in oral communication and participation in group discussion.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Capacity for reflexive learning
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Presentation skills, both oral and written, supported by appropriate technologies
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
|Course organiser||Prof David Fergusson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8912
|Course secretary||Mr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913